Chantal Sebire

Chantal Sebire ( 28 of January of 1955 – 19 of March of 2008 ) was professor French who lived in Plombières-lès-Dijon , near Dijon , in France , and suffered a esthesioneuroblastoma , a rare form of cancer incurable. This disease is extremely uncommon, so that in the last 20 years only 200 cases have been reported.

In the case of Sébire, the disease severely disfigured his face and made him lose his senses of sight, taste and smell. His case became famous for the first time in February 2008, when he made a public appeal to French President Nicolas Sarkozy to allow him to die through euthanasia in order to stop his physical suffering.

On 17 March 2008, a French court banned that possibility. Two days later she was found dead in her house. An autopsy on 21 of March of 2008 found that she did not die of natural causes. On March 27 he was reported to have committed suicide using barbiturates . 1

Impact of your case

Sébire was the subject of an article in Time magazine . Their plight and subsequent death was reported in many countries including France , Spain United Kingdom , Netherlands , Argentina , Chile , Hungary , Portugal , Italy , Honduras , Russia , EE. UU. , And Australia .

With his appeal to justice to be allowed to die for euthanasia , Sébire revived in France the debate on this method and forced the political class to review the current legal text on palliative care and patient law, dating from 2005 and Only contemplates the induced coma . The Socialist Party called for the creation of a working group on the subject and the deputy Laurent Fabius presented a proposal for law so that patients who wish, in very specific cases, can benefit from “active help to die.” 2


  1. Back to top↑ Analysis confirms that Chantal Sébire took her life with barbiturates –
  2. Back to top↑ The autopsy does not clarify the causes of Chantal’s death . El País, March 21, 2008